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PCHR refutes Israel claims on easing blockade on Gaza
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Gaza, Alray - Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) issued a report  refuting Israeli claims on the alleged  easing  of the blockade  imposed on the Gaza Strip.

The report presents statics on limited quantities of construction materials, fuel and the  basic  needs to avoid a humanitarian crisis. It documents the impact of continuing closure which has caused a deterioration in the humanitarian situation and violated all economic and social rights of the population of the Gaza Strip.

According to the report the economic situation deteriorated as a result of the restriction imposed on movement , the decrease of aid supply, and the paralysis of the private sector. Israeli Forces continued to ban the entry of a large number of trucks to Gaza. The statics show that Israel allowed the entry of   6,583 trucks during July with the average of 212 truckloads a day. It represents 37.2% of the number of truckloads  that are allowed into  Gaza in comparing with the number of trucks entry before imposing the siege which was 570 a day.

Fadel al-Mozainy, the deputy director of Social and Economic Unit in PCHR said the most of material allowed into the Gaza are consumer goods while Israel still banning the entry of raw and construction materials.

He added that The Gaza Strip witnessed several gas crises in 2012, due to the reduction of gas amounts allowed into Gaza, as well as the repetitive closing of Karm Abu Salem crossing, and its limited operation capacity. The average amount of  cooking Gas allowed into the Gaza during last July reached 4,051 tonnes , 130.6 tonnes daily. It represents 65.3% of the population of Gaza needs which reach 200 tonnes.

The report explained that Israeli forces continued to impose an almost-complete ban on the export of Gaza Strip products to the West Bank, Israel and other countries. In last July Israel allowed the export of only 4 truckloads , while the Strip's exports used to reach 150 truckloads daily before the imposition of the closure on it. The allowed exports represent less than 1% of the Gaza Strip exports before the closure.

The report noted that Israel is still closing Beit Hanoun crossing and only allows the movement of a limited number of groups: patients in critical state; international journalists; international workers;and travelers abroad via. These groups were allowed to travel via the crossing under severe restrictions, complicated procedures and degrading treatment. Whilst civilians in the Gaza Strip have been denied access to holy places in Jerusalem and Bethlehem to perform religious rituals. Students were prevented from traveling to join universities in the West Bank. Families were prevented from visiting their relatives in the West Bank or vice versa.

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